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TT bars or cut-down road bars?(3 posts)

TT bars or cut-down road bars?zmarke
Mar 2, 2003 7:23 AM
I tried to search the board since I thought this was posted already but could not find anything. So here goes...

What are the advantages of cutting down road bars over just using TT bars on a road fixie? (assuming cost is not a factor and only using a front brake)

I am looking to see about setup issues/brake lever issues of fit on road bar vs. time trial bar diameter if the brake is placed near the stem and not towards the end or upper section of the bar.

Also, what about comfort? Is one better than the other?

re: TT bars or cut-down road bars?brider
Mar 3, 2003 11:19 AM
I've tried both, and found the TT cowhorns to FAR more comfortable. Larger flat area for your hand, better angle with the brake lever(s). Better position (cut down bars will tend to be high, while most cowhorns have some drop to them).

Cowhorns DO usually require a shorter stem (uaually), so that may be a consideration.
Mar 3, 2003 6:34 PM
I've tried both as well, and cut-down bars just seem too short for me. On TT bars I can grip with my entire palm, but on cut-down bars I can only get about half a handfull of bar.

Also something to consider, since cut-off bars are shorter and don't really have any drop to them, you end needing a longer and/or lower stem to compensate (if you're trying to emulate a normal hoods position, that is).

I do have to say that I disagree that a shorter stem is neccessary for TT bars. I use the same stem with TT bars as I do with drop bars.